The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

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The Lyric Feature Friday 5 July 2013

30th of December 2016
Ireland's National Anthems

If national anthems unite people at times of celebration and commemoration, they can also cause division. Ireland has had a number of official and unofficial anthems that have caused both harmony and discord. Michael Murphy explores Ireland's national anthems from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song in the company of historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Carol Mullaney-Dignam, musicologist Harry White, Olympic and World Championship rower Sinead Lynch, Director of the Defence Forces School of Music Mark Armstrong, conductor Liam Daly and literary critic Colbert Kearney who is also a grandson of Peadar Kearney who wrote The Soldier's Song.

Written and Presented by Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College)
Produced by Eoin O Kelly and Michael Murphy

The Lyric Feature Friday 5th July 2013

The Lyric Feature Friday 5th July 2013

History on a Plate is a new six-part radio documentary series that takes real recipes from Irish food history and puts them back on the menu. The presenters are historian Juliana Adelman and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, while chef Domini Kemp re-creates the long-lost recipes.

Programme 1 tells the tale of the wild Irish oyster, cheap, plentiful and found in unusual places like a nineteenth century recipe for lamb and oyster sausages. Presenters Juliana Adelman and Catherine Cleary look at the original handwritten recipe in a manuscript in the National Library, travel to Arklow to talk to an expert about a time when the economy of the town was built on oyster fishing, and how the boom turned to bust. They also look at the evolution of modern oyster farms with a visit to one of the country's largest producers in Co. Waterford. Food historian Mairtín Mac Con Iomaire explains how the oyster was the fast food of its day, while chef Domini Kemp cooks this unusual oyster sausage recipe.

History on a Plate is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Producer : Claire Cunningham

Sound : James Daly


The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

Music Played on the Show


Title: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K 550 - Movement I - Molto Allegro

Performer(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Duration: 7:40


Title: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K 550 - Movement Ii - Andante

Performer(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Duration: 11:12



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Producers: Olga Buckley & Eoin O Kelly


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